Denver Public Library Weekly Report
NEW ON our shelves this week we have Adult Nonfiction and Fiction. If you’re a fan of “The Royals,” you’ve GOT to read “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life,” by Sally Bedell Smith. Smith spent four years researching this book, including interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends and spiritual gurus. As the oldest heir to the throne in more than three hundred years, Charles has lead a complex life, magnified by the media. But who is the real man and what are Charles’ true ambitions and beliefs?
ON THIS side of the pond and closer to home, Dave Barry tells the story of “The Boys in the Bunkhouse.” For three decades a group of intellectually disabled men lived in an old school house outside of Atalissa, Iowa, and worked at a nearby turkey plant. They received the same pay, year after year, and sometimes lived under deplorable conditions and painful physical stress. Barry details their suffering and the subterfuge that kept their secrets hidden, even from themselves.
THIRDLY, we have “Whoa, Baby!” by Kelly Rowland. Though Kelly is well acquainted with global notoriety and stardom, when she gave birth to her son, Titan, she was caught completely off guard. Luckily her OB/GYN, Dr. Tristan Emily Bickman, was there to answer Kelly’s questions and provide the encouragement new mothers so often need. In this book, Rowland and Bickman share information that can help new moms face those challenges.
NEW IN Adult Fiction, we have “The Burial Hour,” by Jeffery Deaver. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs have a puzzling new case. A businessman was snatched in broad daylight on the Upper East Side of New York and a miniature noose was left at the scene. Later a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, eerie music playing in the background. “The Composer” claims responsibility, but before he’s caught, a similar kidnapping occurs outside of Naples, Italy. How will Rhyme and Sachs get international cooperation before The Composer hits another sour note?
LISA SCOTTOLINE explores high school complexities in “One Perfect Lie.” Chris Brennan is a high school government teacher and assistant baseball coach. Jordan Larkin is a painfully shy teen who shines on the ball field. Raz Sematov is a star pitcher, being recruited for a full ride scholarship. Independently, Brennan, Larkin and Sematov seem only to share the love of baseball. But eventually the lives of these three characters will collide in a terrifying and explosive conclusion where nobody wins!
LASTLY, we have “No One is Coming to Save Us,” by Stephanie Powell Watts. JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream home and reclaim his high school sweetheart, Ava. The legacy of Jim Crow lingers, yet JJ has the money now to reinvent his future. Unfortunately, Ava is now married to Henry and yearning for a baby. Meanwhile, Ava’s mom Sylvia meddles in everybody’s life, while her husband, Don, is a freeloader who won’t leave JJ alone. Though JJ’s plans don’t seem to bear fruit, his return to Pinewood sure stirs pot in town!
NEW in Inspirational Fiction we have “Upon a Spring Breeze,” by Kelly Irvin. Bess Weaver is twenty and expecting her first child when her beloved husband, Caleb, is killed in a tragic accident. The only comfort Beth finds is tending the garden of a local bed and breakfast, while raising her young son. Caleb’s best friend, Aidan, not only feels guilt over Caleb’s death, he also knows that his feelings for Bess are all wrong. When a group of other widows step in to help Bess find her way, she wonders if Gott has a blessed future planned for her after all.
AND WE meet Seth Hostetler in Virginia Smith’s “The Amish Widower.” A year has passed since Seth’s beloved died, and his mom and sister are determined to see him remarried. Instead, Seth takes up pottery, pouring at his sorrow in creativity. His fancy artwork earns the ire of the Amish community but the interest of Leah, an Englisch woman who sells the Amish wares to tourists.
THERE'S A SECRET in “A Mother’s Love,” by Charlotte Hubbard. On her death bed, Rose Raber’s mother revealed that Rose was adopted and that her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. Rose is struggling to raise a young daughter on her own, and knows how precarious the mother-daughter bond can be. Still, when she meet’s Deacon Hartzler’s wife, their bond is immediate and unmistakable. It isn't long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Rose's future and her beau Matthias’ livelihood.
FINALLY, JUDITH MILLER is back with “The Chapel Car Bride. Hope Irvine eagerly stands by her father’s side when he accepts a position as an on-the-rail missionary. Hope sees the best in everyone and loves sharing the Gospel through her music. Miner Luke Hughes enjoys music as well, but beyond that, he has little to offer Hope. However, the shifty mine manager that accompanies the Irvines on their missions has Luke suspicious of his motives. If there is something illegal going on, how can Luke find out the truth without putting Hope and her dad in danger?